We know that inspirational quotes stir something deep within us. They confirm our previously-held notions, they help us persevere when we face challenges, and they comfort us in times of need. They can also help inspire courage when we take creative or financial risks, like launching a small business, quitting a job to go full-time freelance, or even just pitching to a particularly intimidating client.
If you’re on the verge of taking a leap, these quotes about risk might help you feel more prepared for the road ahead.
“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” – William Faulkner
“Security is mostly a superstition. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller
“What’s the greater risk? Letting go of what people think – or letting go of how I feel, what I believe, and who I am?” – Brene Brown
“It’s only when you risk failure that you discover things. When you play it safe, you’re not expressing the utmost of your human experience.” – Lupita N’yongo
“Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.” – Gustave Flaubert
“The most important thing to remember is this: to be ready at any moment to give up what you are for what you might become.” – W. E. B. Du Bois
“Get yourself into trouble. If you get yourself in trouble, you don’t have the answers. And if you don’t have the answers, your solution will more likely be personal because no one else’s solutions will seem appropriate. You’ll have to come up with your own. It’s always wrong before it’s right.” – Chuck Close
“All the little risks I took were sort of like all the apartments I had moved into: I was finding the right spot.” – Paula Scher